Dorothy Jean Brown Davis, 82, quietly passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the hospital in Sunnyside.
She was born on Aug. 15, 1926 in Beverly Hills, Calif. to Dr. and Mrs. Ray Nelson Brown, one of two daughters of the Brown family. She grew up and attended high school in Beverly Hills. In Beverly Hills, Dr. Brown practiced as a dentist. After Dottie's graduation the family moved to Paso Robles, Calif. where her father established an almond orchard.
She married Vern Fein, a former fighter pilot in World War II, in 1948 and from that union came two boys, Ken (Sandi) living in Granger and Mike (Colleen) living in Boise, Idaho. Dottie and Vern transferred to various cities around the United States through the U.S. Air Force.
After her divorce, she moved to Idaho in 1958 and married Robert Davis of Boise, the love of her life for the next 50 years. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary on Feb. 21, 2009.
Bob had the wanderlust and together they moved to Colorado and South Dakota and then back to Colorado before finally returning to Idaho in 1966. Bob and Dottie lived in Idaho from 1966 to 1986 before retiring to Granger.
Bob and Dottie had one daughter, Lynn, who currently resides in Chambersburg, Pa. Bob has two additional sons from an earlier marriage, Dick (Louise) and Bob (Connie), both living with their families in Idaho. So the blended family has become a very large tree with many branches scattered across the United States. There are eight direct grandchildren from Dorothy and Bob, Cindy, Carolyn Matt, Tim, Larissa, Camille, Lauren and Katy; and six great-grandchildren. With the children on Bob's side of the family there are four more grandchildren, Luke, Tiffany, Jeff and Richie; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Margie (Bruce) of Paso Robles.
Dottie, Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, she answered to a lot of different names in the past few years. She was always so proud of her family, it was her "center" and it was her family that kept her active, young and vibrant for so many years. She always made friends quickly and she had a large circle of friends at Sun Terrace in Sunnyside. There were a number of other elements of life that Mom loved and one of them was the ocean. She spent many hours and many vacations with fond memories of the beach, the ocean and the never ending movement of the tide. She was also truly amazing with a set of knitting needles or a sewing machine, everyone in the family has handmade sweaters, quilts and blankets enough to keep a small city warm. Her love, her time, her skill and her patience are evident in every one of her handmade creations.
Some of her favorite times were traveling the back roads of Idaho, Oregon and Washington in their RV and Dad, the consummate fisherman, and Mom in a chair close by with a ball of yarn and her knitting needles clicking away. Having lived in many parts of the United States she and Bob spent much of their time in Idaho and then resettled in Granger, where they retired and where Bob resides today.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and doctors at Sunnyside Community Hospital, Yakima Regional Hospital, Hillcrest Manor and Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living for their unwavering medical support, love and care during mom's illness.
A short memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at 3 p.m. at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living, 907 Ida Belle Road, Sunnyside.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.